Dropouts, Calligraphy and One of the Greatest Companies You Know

Sep 18, 2014

Portland, Oregon – 1972

A young college dropout wanders into a calligraphy class at Reed College. He becomes fascinated with the art form and starts studying it fervently. It becomes his obsession for the next 18 months.

At this time, Reed College offers some of the highest quality calligraphy instruction in the country, every poster, every drawer on the campus features the delicate lettering. The man soaks it all in, fingers stained with ink – studying the beauty and history; the subtleties and nuances of the written words.

Do Your People Own Your Organization?

Aug 1, 2014

Seth Godin wrote an interesting post about building tribes, communities and organizations that people feel are worth taking care of and worth fighting for. He says one of the key aspects of that is making people feel like they belong.

Godin says that people need to feel an ownership towards something before they will put their time and effort into maintaining it and working to make it grow.

Trust – Just How Important is it in a Workplace?

Jul 22, 2014

Trust. Like honesty, integrity, and respect, it’s a word we often throw around, but it carries some heavy weight. Trust is something we don’t take lightly. We wouldn’t go to a doctor we didn’t trust, we switch mechanics when we lose trust and relationships fall apart when it’s lacking, however, when it comes to the workplace it would seem that we tolerate a surprising level of distrust.

Child trusts father while riding bike

5 Signs Your Mission Statement Sucks & What to do About It

Mar 18, 2014

A mission statement can be a great asset to your organization. When created with thought and skill, it can motivate you and your team towards a common goal and quickly tell clients why they should pay attention to you.

Most organizations realize that they should have a mission statement, mainly because everyone else does. However, a lot don’t realize why it is so important and how they should create it.

3 Things that Motivate Employees to Go the Extra Mile

Mar 4, 2014

It’s no secret what separates average organizations from high-performing extraordinary ones in today’s economy. Highly committed and engaged employees who believe in their organization’s mission and goals and are willing to go above and beyond to achieve them are the secret sauce that sets organizations apart.

Not only do engaged employees contribute to the success of the organization, but they also find great satisfaction in their work.

So how do you build a workforce of engaged employees? What motivates employees to go the extra distance?

The Most Powerful Person in Your Organization (and it’s not your CEO)

Feb 18, 2014

You might think it is your senior leaders who matter the most in your organization; the ones planning the future and making the big strategic decisions to move everyone in the right direction.

However, senior leadership matters very little when compared with the really important people in your organization.

These people will make or break the success of your organization. They will drive high levels of productivity or cause it to plummet; they will inspire employees to go above and beyond what’s asked of them or cause continual turnover, bleeding an organization of talent.

5 Communication Blunders You’re Probably Making Right Now

Feb 11, 2014

Communicating effectively is one of those things that is easy for us to dismiss as a non-issue. With the ability to stay connected to each other 24/7 through calls, texting, email and social media it seems like communicating for business should be a simple process.

However, like it has always been, communication remains a sore point for many organizations. Perhaps even more so these days due to the sheer number of messages we receive on a daily basis and the different ways in which we receive them.

Here are 5 common communication blunders and what you can do to fix them:

Company Gains Competitive Edge with Corporate Culture: A Case Study

Feb 4, 2014

Your most important asset is building a culture in which people have the ability to work together, openly share their knowledge and leverage off each other’s insights to create something new and wonderful on an ongoing basis.

Farmers’ Mutual was the largest mutual insurance company in Ontario with 48 brokers representing 80 offices when they contacted BizXcel. They had a staff of 75 employees, most of which had been with the company for many years. They were in the process of moving into a new state-of-the-art facility.

Do You Trust Your Boss?

Jan 28, 2014

Do you trust senior leadership at your organization? Do you believe what they tell you? If you answered yes, you are in a small minority.

A recent article in Municipal World called “What leaders should know about building trust” by Nan Russell lays down the stark facts about trust and leadership in today’s business environment.

A national survey conducted by the Canadian Management Centre and Ipsos Reid revealed that a staggering 61 percent of Canadian employees do not trust senior leaders in their organization and only 39% believe what those leaders say.

3 Things Really Successful Leaders Do

Dec 3, 2013

Whether you’re a CEO, director, manager or direct supervisor, one of the main tasks of your job as a leader is to give employees reasons to do great work. A leader who focuses on enabling employees to do their best will build a more successful organization. The main way a leader can do this is to provide employees with motivation.

An employee who isn’t motivated will not be engaged with their work and unwilling to go the extra mile. If you can motivate them you will see the difference.

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